Would You Recognize These Pneumonia Symptoms?
Pneumonia is usually caused by bacteria or viruses, and it can often develop after another illness, such as a cold, flu or bronchitis. While those most at risk include the elderly and people with chronic health problems, even children can develop pneumonia.
Symptoms of pneumonia can come without warning. At first you may think you have a cold or flu, but symptoms may get worse quickly, turning into pneumonia. Common symptoms of either bacterial or viral pneumonia may include:
- Severe cough with green or yellow mucus that doesn’t improve or gets worse
- Fever and chills
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- Shortness of breath with normal daily activities
- Increased heart rate
- Chest pain or discomfort when breathing in or coughing
- Excessive sweating and clammy skin
If you develop any of these symptoms, call your health care provider or visit an urgent care center. Imaging (chest X-ray or CT scan) and lab tests may be needed to diagnose pneumonia and for your health care provider to order appropriate treatment.